Swimming Safety This Memorial Day Weekend

By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
By: Elizabeth Schilder Email

If your Memorial Day plans include being out on or by the water, you may want to review a few safety tips before heading out this weekend.

YMCA Aquatic Director Lori Kleist says the majority of drownings or accidents happen when people unintentionally fall into the water. She says make sure you can tread water. If you do fall in stay calm. Don't try to fight the current, instead swim with it. Eventually, it may lead you to shore.

People on shore should always be prepared with life vests or some type of poll or floatation device to help pull people out of the water.

While it may feel warm outside, don't be fooled.

"It's gorgeous weather that's happening, but the water temperatures are cool so hypothermia can settle in quickly," Kleist warned.

She also reminds people drinking and swimming don't mix. Alcohol dulls your senses and lets you think you can swim beyond your capabilities.

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